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SPONSOR: Beckhoff Automation March 3, 2011 | Edited by Pat Reynolds

Video: Stainless steel control panels for packaging applications >>

In order to better serve demanding industrial environments with rugged and resilient displays, Beckhoff has released stainless steel variants of the CP77xx and CP79xx Panels. These control and display units meet strict hygiene regulations and are ideal for the food & beverage and packaging industries.

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Food grade AM3000 servomotors meet wash-down requirements >>

The FDA-compliant, food grade AM3000 servomotors are designed with a resistant white surface coating, making them perfectly suited for food & beverage, packaging and any application that requires wash-down. The motors are not derated and the coating adds only about 30% to the price of the standard servomotors.

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Machine safety simplified - TwinSAFE® I/O >>

TwinSAFE® terminals integrate safety functions with "standard" I/O, networks and control infrastructures. This flexible system works with existing fieldbuses such as EtherCAT® and PROFIBUS.

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Video: Take the heat off your control cabinet with C65xx IPCs >>

Watch this video demo to see how the resilient C65xx IPCs from Beckhoff save space and can help reduce heat in electrical cabinets via passive cooling. The standard C65xx is equipped with powerful Intel® Core™ Duo or Core™2 Duo processors.

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Scientific Automation seminars - RSVP today, space is limited! >>

Learn more about seminars coming this April to the Dallas/FTW, Houston and Oklahoma City areas! Scientific Automation from Beckhoff cost-effectively enhances automation and control by adding ultra-precise, high-speed measurement & condition monitoring technology with one powerful PC-based controller.

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ARC Forum points to the need for packaging machinery standards

A scheduling conflict kept me from attending this year's ARC Forum in Orlando. But Keith Campbell—esteemed colleague, automation expert, and author of OnTheEdge blog—made it to the event, so I bring you his observations.

The opening session of ARC's World Industry Forum on driving innovation, sustainability, and performance provided insights into the issues that are or will be affecting packagers and packaging machinery suppliers, even though the word "packaging" was never actually used. The session's presenters represented ARC and the oil and chemical industries, but these industries frequently deal with issues a few years in advance of the rest of manufacturing.

Areas that the forum will be dealing with as the days unfold include energy management, remote operations management, anti-counterfeiting, cyber security, mobile solutions for manufacturing, project management, interoperability, and asset management. Questions from the audience and replies from the panel assembled at the close of the opening session frequently moved to the topic of standardization. All of these topics relate to packaging.
Andy Chatha, President of ARC, shared a statement from P&G's 2010 annual report to point to a significant trend that is affecting industry. One aspect of this statement is about standards that are bound to affect packaging machine suppliers. P&G's Chairman/CEO Robert A. McDonald stated in that report:

"Another good example of how we're becoming more productive is the 'digitization' of P&G. With digitization, our goal is to standardize, automate, and integrate systems and data so we can create a real-time operating and decision-making environment. We want P&G to be the most technology-enabled company in the world. We are targeting a 20-25% reduction in some spending areas and we are looking for a sevenfold increase in real-time data. By getting the right data to the right decision makers at the right time, we can become increasingly efficient and productive."

Many have questioned why engineering and IT departments want to get involved in specifying control equipment, networks, and data standards for packaging machines. I think that this statement gives some real insight into why that is and what is likely to happen, not just at P&G but at world class manufacturers everywhere.

Standardizing systems and data is where it starts. System standards can be vendor specific or based upon broader industry standards. Data can be standardized company by company or via standards such as PackML. The industry can influence how this is done or they can sit back while end users create multiple and varied standards which machine builders will need to deal with one by one.

I believe that machine builders that are already working with industry standards are the ones best prepared to do business with companies that share or will develop a vision like that expressed by P&G. Those companies are also the ones best prepared to provide ongong leadership to the standards development process.

Packagers, packaging machine manufacturers, and their organizations need to decide whether these issues are important enough to invest the time and energy that it takes to develop, update, and support workable standards that will help companies standardize, automate, and integrate systems and data.

NEW Automation Products

Safety relay devices

Dold safety relay devices are available from AutomationDirect in several series including the LG5924 Series, LG5925 Series, BH5928 Series, BG5933 and BH5933 Series. LG5924 Series relays are single-channel E-stop relays designed to protect people and machines in applications ... Read more

Machine vision software simplifies inspection applications

VisionPro® 7.0 machine vision software from Cognex introduces Inspection Designer™, used to simplify development and field maintenance of inspection applications by providing a formal baseline for defining good and bad parts. ... Read more

Expanded range of IO-Link I/O hubs

As part of its expanding package of control connectivity solutions, Balluff has added a large range of IO-Link I/O hubs, ranging from M8 to M12 with plastic or metal housing. The line of IO-Link I/O Hubs are offered with or without diagnostics ... Read more

Safety light curtains

Two series of AutomationDirect's safety light curtains (active optoelectronic protective devices) provide human protection and product/machine safety where risks cannot be eliminated by machine design and the process might require frequent and open access during operation. ... Read more

HMI for rugged environments

QSI Corporation's QTERM-A12 HMI performs in extreme environments: meets NEMA-4X / IP66 specifications; operates in -30 to 70 °C (-22 to 158 °F); and is UL 508 and UL Class I Div 2 certified pending. Features include a 307 mm (12.1 in.), 800 x 600 pixel TFT-LCD LED backlight display, resistive touch screen ... Read more

Sensor housed in tough plastic

The W9-3 photoelectric sensor from Sick is a third-generation, high-performance sensor in an extremely tough plastic housing. The sensor has a wide variety of options to choose from including sensing range, mounting, and connectivity. ... Read more

Upcoming events:

Sustainable Packaging Symposium
Hyatt Regency Chicago, IL. Sustainable Packaging Symposium, produced by Greener Package and the Institute for Sustainability, will examine the pivotal role of packaging in implementing sustainability across businesses' supply chains, from March 16-18.

NACD 2011 Annual Convention
La Quinta Resort & Club, Palm Springs, CA The National Association of Container Distributors (NACD) annual convention will be held April 6-10, 2011.

Packaging Automation Forum
Westin O'Hare, Rosemont, IL. Packaging Automation Forum, produced by Packaging World and Automation World, features peer-to-peer education about how to increase productivity, flexibility and performance using state-of-the-art packaging controls and information technology, April 26.

Healthcare Packaging Conference & Workshops
Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village, Princeton, NJ. Healthcare Packaging Conference & Workshops, produced by Healthcare Packaging magazine, will feature operational and package design strategies for pharmaceutical and medical device packagers, May 26.

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